adjective, pim·pli·er, pim·pli·est.
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OTHER WORDS FROM pimplyun·pim·pled, adjective
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What does pimply mean?
Pimples are caused by acne, a skin condition in which the skin’s sebaceous glands become clogged and inflamed. Pimples are most commonly found on the face, but they can appear on other areas of the skin, such as the neck and back. They are most common among teens and preteens due to changes in body chemistry during the period of development known as puberty, but adults can also get pimples.
Pimply is most commonly used to describe the face of someone with acne, but it can also be used to describe things that are bumpy in appearance. Using it to describe a person is usually very rude and insensitive, though some people may apply it to themselves, such as when they’ve had a breakout (the sudden appearance of several pimples).
The word pimpled can be used as a synonym of pimply.
Example: My skin has been really pimply since I started taking this new medication—it must be a side effect.
Where does pimply come from?
The first records of the word pimply come from around the 1740s. It comes from the Old English pipilian, “to break out in pimples,” from the Latin papula, meaning “pimple.” The suffix -y is used to form adjectives.
Everyone gets pimples at some point, but some people get them more than others. Pimply skin can be caused by a number of factors. Acne, which causes pimples, sometimes goes away on its own, but sometimes it calls for additional treatment by a dermatologist—a doctor who specializes in skin conditions.
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How is pimply used in real life?
Pimply is most commonly used to describe the face of someone with acne. It’s rude to describe someone as pimply unless it’s yourself.
Many losses across Fairfax, but I've been reading BZ since I was a pimply 17yr-old in QLD buying the SMH in a one-paper city. End of an era. https://t.co/YpEHasqEUZ
— Benjamin Law 羅旭能 (@mrbenjaminlaw) June 13, 2017
I felt a little achy last night and slept it off. I think I can go back to work today. My face was a pimply mess all week but now it’s suddenly clear. The meds were making my skin out of balance.
— allisamiracle 🎈 (@allisamiracle) June 4, 2019
Today’s feature tree is the most common tree in the park. If you’ve ever wondered about that tree with the pimply, dimply bark, ponder no more – it’s an Eastern Hackberry. pic.twitter.com/AS6YJEsY6t
— Point Pelee NP (@PointPeleeNP) September 23, 2020
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Is pimply used correctly in the following sentence?
The surface of the wall became all pimply and puckered due to the water damage.
Example sentences from the Web for pimply
He has rather a pimply face, a perpetual grin and damp-looking, wispy, straw-coloured hair.From Chart House to Bush Hut|Charles W. L. Bryde
“Yes; those Boy Scouts are too dern busy,” put in the other, a pale-faced, pimply lad of about seventeen.The Boy Scouts at the Panama Canal|John Henry Goldfrap
It did not strike me till far into the evening that the pimply young reprobates were making the girls drunk.American Notes|Rudyard Kipling
When she's got a red nose and a pimply face, and a sharp tongue, you'd be glad enough to see her at the wash-tub then.The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson|Anthony Trollope
Even the pimply clerk at the desk, discerning her unescorted state, had changed subtly in voice and manner.Winner Take All|Larry Evans